Name: Kathryn Dixon Dip COT, BSc (HONS) ROT
HCPC Registration No:OT15028
Job Title: Occupational Therapist
Registered with the Health Care Professions Council
Diploma in Occupational Therapy – 1986
BSc (Hons) Health Sciences – 1991
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
British Association of Occupational Therapists
Member of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section in Independent Practise
Past Member of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section in HIV, Oncology and Palliative Care.
I have undertaken preparation of occupational therapy care expert reports for N-Able Services Ltd since 2004 primarily for the Claimant. I have undertaken preparation of joint statements further to discussion with like experts and have attended conference with Counsel.
I left employment in the NHS in October 2014 after 28 years of continuous service in order to become self employed and work more flexibly. I worked part-time as a Band 7 Advanced Practitioner Occupational Therapist in an Acute General Hospital in Birmingham specialising in Medicine, Surgery and Oncology/Palliative Care. I commenced this Post in April 2006. I was specifically employed by the Pan-Birmingham Cancer Network to input to a 22 bedded Regional Gynae-Oncology Unit. Women came to this Unit from all over the West Midlands, for surgery (particularly Total Abdominal Hysterectomy) to remove their suspected tumour. As part of this role, I offered Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment to post-surgery patients following an Enhanced Recovery Pathway, but also saw women at all stages of their Cancer journey, and with regard to symptom control such as pain, incontinence, fatigue etc. I was a member of the Palliative Care Multi-disciplinary Team, and assisted the Consultants and Clinical nurse specialists to discharge terminally ill patients to their preferred place of care in a timely fashion.
From September 2013 – October 2014 I was the Oncology/Palliative Care Occupational Therapy Team Leader and headed up a small team of Macmillan funded Occupational Therapists with responsibility for ensuring clinical expertise across two hospital sites, advising junior therapists on managing their clinical caseload on a daily basis, maintaining staffing rotas and performing Personal Development Reviews, whilst still maintaining my own complex clinical caseload. All cancer diagnoses, as well as other non-cancer life-limiting conditions such as Motor Neurone disease, and end stage organ failure. As one of the most Senior OT clinicians in the hospital, I also offered clinical and supervisory support and therapy interventions to junior therapists covering acute surgical wards particularly with orthopaedic elective and trauma patients, vascular patients and those who had undergone recent amputations, and on general medical wards with patients with complex clinical needs.
In 28 years of working clinically with clients, I have gained a wide knowledge base and range of experience in differing clinical areas. I previously worked for 18 years at a Rehabilitation Hospital,(1988 – 2006) with elderly people and those with complex physical disability such as stroke rehabilitation, orthopaedics, rheumatology and other acute medical conditions, and before this as a rotational Basic Grade OT at Selly Oak Hospital, an Acute Teaching Hospital, covering rheumatology, burns, and upper limb amputations. From 1997 – 2006, I was the Lead OT clinician for inpatients following lower limb amputation, and developed the clinical service to these clients, initiated clinical protocols and service pathways, as well as developing links/liaison with the Regional Service for provision of Prosthetics and ongoing therapy. My experience included holistic assessment, pre and post-prosthetic environmental assessments, initiation of individualised treatment programmes, provision of equipment, referral for specialist adaptations, risk assessments, multi-agency liaison and the organisation of care packages for discharge from hospital.
Non-clinical roles included recruitment and selection, responsibility for compiling the annual Trustwide OT Continuing Professional Development Programme, and Macmillan Audit and service reviews. I supervised Occupational Therapists in Oncology/Palliative Care and also a Band 6 rotational OT in the Surgery and Vascular specialty which involved monthly supervision, regular clinical caseload review, objective setting and annual Personal Development reviews. In my past roles I have been the O.T representative on a multi-disciplinary Tissue Viability Group, and have a special interest in seating. Work that has been carried out includes seating audits, development of multi-disciplinary standards and evaluation of pressure-relieving properties of armchairs. I have a range of experience in education and training and have been involved with lectures to qualified Doctors, Nurses, as well as offering fieldwork experience to OT Students, Nurses and Rehabilitation Assistants. I have been involved in two pieces of research with medical and physiotherapy colleagues, working in Amputee Rehabilitation; involved in the European Conference for Rehabilitation Medicine in Brighton in 2002 and a Presentation at the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) in Glasgow in 2001. I was on a Working Group in 2010 for the National Cancer Action Team in Rehabilitation Pathways for Gynaecology.
N-Able Services Training
• Bond Solon Experts Meetings – 2013
• Case Management – 2010
• Fit for Life – The Complete Rehabilitation Pathway, Pannone Solicitors, Manchester – May 2007
• N-Able Services Training Day on Preparation of Joint Statements – March 2007
• “Witness Familiarisation” Court Training Day, Bond Solon – April 2006
• N-Able Services Training Day on Case Management, Preparation of Reports and the Legal Process – October 2003
Annual Mandatory and Clinical Training with NHS
• Equality and Diversity – 2014
• Safeguarding Children Levels 1 and 2 – 2014
• Manual Handling skills – Clinical 2014
• Safeguarding Adults Levels 1 and 2 – 2013
• Occupational Therapy and Palliative Care – May 2010
Continuing Professional Development – City Hospital
• Bond Solon Medical Recordkeeping session for Therapy Department – 2014
• Mental Capacity Act Training – 2013
• Deprivation of Liberty Training – 2013